MAX Light Rail Project History

MAX (Metropolitan Area Express) is TriMet’s light rail system serving the Portland metropolitan area. The five MAX lines (Blue, Green, Orange, Red and Yellow) run on 60 miles of track and serve 97 stations.

A history of success

  • All six MAX projects (Eastside, Westside, Airport, Interstate, Green Line and Portland-Milwaukie) have been completed on or ahead of schedule, and on or under budget
  • MAX ridership continues to grow
  • MAX has become a national model for community support, land-use/transportation planning, public art and environmentally friendly construction practices
  • More than $25 billion in development has occurred along MAX lines since the decision to build in 1978
  • MAX takes cars off our roads, helps keep our air clean and preserves neighborhoods and livability

Portland-Milwaukie MAX Orange Line

Milwaukie/City Center
TriMet’s newest MAX line takes you from Oak Grove in North Clackamas County across Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People, to Downtown Portland. Learn more

MAX Green Line

Clackamas Town Center/Portland State University
On the first MAX line to travel to Clackamas County, you can go from Clackamas Town Center to downtown Portland in 39 minutes. Learn more

Interstate MAX Yellow Line

Expo Center/City Center
MAX Yellow Line serves North Portland between City Center and the Expo Center via Interstate Avenue. Learn more

Airport MAX Red Line

Beaverton Transit Center/Airport/City Center
An innovative public/private partnership created the first train-to-plane service on the West Coast. Learn more

Westside MAX Blue Line

Hillsboro/City Center
Westside MAX Blue Line connects Portland City Center with the western suburbs of Beaverton and Hillsboro. Learn more

Eastside MAX Blue Line

Gresham/City Center
The Portland area’s first light rail line, Eastside MAX Blue Line connects Gresham with Portland City Center. Learn more

See also